Dwayne Bloomfield was born and raised in Timaru where he started learning the Euphonium at 10 years of age with the Timaru Municipal Band. He then went on to join the New Zealand Army Band in 1987.
There have been many highlights with his time in the NZ Army Band including the 1988 Bicentennial Tattoo in Australia, trips to Greece and Crete, Washington DC, Vanuatu, Edinburgh, Gallipoli, Italy and Switzerland.
Dwayne took up conducted the Alpine Energy Timaru Band 1998, a position he held for 15 years. In this time Timaru was successful at National Competitions with several wins, promoting them from the C Grade to the B Grade which on their first year promoted won the title of Australian B Grade Champions in Tasmania. For 2 years he was the musical director of the Ascot Invercargill Brass Band. Dwayne is also a regular judge at contests.
He was with the NZ Army Band for 26 years, holding many positions including Bandmaster from 2005 to 2010. Dwayne also developed an interest in arranging and composing and is now internationally known. An interest in New Zealand’s military history inspired him to compose the works, “Behold the Narrows from the Hill” based on the battle of Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli, “Passchendaele October 12th 1917” “Lone Pine” for the National Australian Band and recently the “Battle of Gate Pa”
Dwayne's recent composition 7.1, in remembrance of the Christchurch Earthquakes. This thought provoking work includes the use of many bass drums placed around the audience to give a very real effect of the sound and a small vibrating sensation as close as can be replicated to an earthquake.
He also composed the march which was played by the New Zealand Army Band during the procession through the streets of Wellington. Other works include “To the Sky” for the 100th anniversary of Richard Pearce’s first flight, “Fernleaf Headstones” – slow march for the New Zealand Unknown Warrior and “Epiphany” commissioned by the 2007 New Zealand National Band.
Dwayne passed his LRSM in Directing and LTCL in Performance (Euphonium). He is now the musical director of the Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass in Christchurch.
In this week's show we feature Dwayne's evocative work “Behold the Narrows from the Hill” based on the battle of Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli.
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